We’ve recently concluded that my son has a color deficiency which has generated a lot of questions as parents. One thing that had kept coming to mind for me, was the curiosity of how he saw the world. My father-in-law has the same thing, so I’ve spoke with him about it, but it’s difficult to explain.
So my wife and I did what so many of us do when we have a question that needs answering: We Googled it.
We unearthed some great stuff and learned that color blindness is fairly common. Here’s the best video I’ve seen explaining what it’s like to be colorblind:
No Such Thing As Color
This is unbelievably helpful and insightful!
Continuing on, we found a good–free–color test for iOS:
Contrary to the name color blind, most color blind people are not blind to color. A more accurate description is color deficient. We see color. You just don’t see it the same as we do. (Perhaps it is really you who are color deficient and we are normal.) About 1 in 20 males are color blind. About 1 in 200 women are color blind.
I really wanted to get a better idea of how my son sees the world and found this really cool–again, free–app:
Chromatic Vision Simulator
“Chromatic Vision Simulator” is a color vision simulation tool which simulates color vision of color vision deficiencies. This software is developed by Kazunori Asada (Ph.D. medical science and Ph.D. media design), based on the research in color science.
For this to be really helpful, you’ll want to determine the type of colorblindness someone has, but it’s interesting to use even if you’re just curious. We had done a few online color tests, too, and used this app in conjunction with it by using it on the computer screen–amazing.
As someone who builds websites, I begin to wonder, “Can someone who’s color blind see websites I’ve designed?”
Colorblind Web Page Filter
What a great tool! Considering there are decent number of people with color deficiency, this is a great resource to check your website’s usability.
Give it a try! I’ve added it to my bookmarked tools. 🙂
Are you color blind?
Any other resources and links are appreciated, so please, leave them in the comments below. 🙂